For kids (and even adults), the thought of visiting the dentist can sometimes be a scary one. Hygienists have pokey, noisy tools, and the chairs look a little like something you might see in a space ship. The good news, though, is once you’ve found a great dental office with staff who understand the needs of kids and parents, a trip to the dentist isn’t so bad. Believe it or not, it can actually be fun! With so many different dental offices in Calgary, it can be tricky to narrow down the ones that are best for kids, so we’ve done the work for you by asking the people who know best – parents like you!
Macleod Trail Dental
#232, 8500 Macleod Trail SE, Calgary
Macleod Trail Dental is a family clinic that comes highly recommended by patients of all ages. The dentists and hygienists have been described as compassionate, understanding and professional, taking the time to explain procedures to patients who are fearful of the dentist. They provide a free first visit to children three years and younger so that they can get acquainted with the dentist’s office and to make sure that their first experience is a positive one. They provide check-ups, cleanings, home-care instruction and nutritional advice for everyone in the family.
Friends & Family Dental Health
Suite 105, 4000 Glenmore Court SE, Calgary
As a parent of two young boys, Dr. Ma understands the challenges that can come with keeping kids’ teeth healthy and clean. The focus of Friends & Family Dental Health is preventative care to help kids develop and practice life-long oral health habits. They have a playroom to keep kids entertained while they wait, use kid-friendly language during procedures, treat kiddos as quickly and efficiently as possible, and even have coloured fillings and prizes for little patients!
Kids R Us Dentistry
#101 10201 Southport Road SW, Calgary
Kids R Us is a pediatric dentist, which means that Dr. Schwann has taken an extra 2 years of dental specialty training to work with infants, children, teens and patients with special needs. Total patient health and well-being and preventive dentistry are key focuses of this clinic. Their website has great topics to help parents educate themselves and their kids before even visiting the office, such as what to expect at your first visit and how to prepare your child. Their colourful office and fun waiting room filled with toys, iPads, and video games will make young patients feel at ease. Parents of children and kids with special needs have commented on the friendliness and patience of Dr. Schwann and her hygienists, and love how comfortable their children have felt in the dentist’s chair.
Small to Tall Pediatric Dentist
Suite 210, 4915 Elbow Drive SW
Small to Tall Pediatric Dentist has a beautiful airplane themed office and waiting room filled with fun books and toys to entertain kids while they wait. Their website provides great information on what to expect on your first visit and how to prepare your child. Dr. Michelle and her staff come highly recommended by many parents and have been described as incredibly patient, encouraging and respectful to kids and parents alike. One parent even stated that the only time her child cried during her visit to this dentist was when she had to leave!
Chew Chew Pediatric Dentistry
4 locations – Marda Loop (SW Calgary), Marlborough (NE Calgary), Lincoln Park (SW Calgary) and Cochrane.
Chew Chew Pediatric Dentistry’s Marda Loop and Lincoln Park locations have a fun train station theme complete with a model train that makes its way through the office on a suspended rail-line! The Marda Loop location also has a pillow pit to help kids get their wiggles out while they wait in addition to a gaming area, aquarium and video game station. One parent described Dr. Sheiny as so warm, fun and energetic that her son begs to see her almost weekly! The rest of the team also takes pride in their passion for children’s dentistry and even offers a complimentary bear hug (or two) with each check-up!
Calgary Dental House
#112 971 64 Avenue NE, Calgary
Dr. Crawford and Dr. Reddy are a highly reviewed husband and wife dental team with a young daughter and another baby on the way, so they definitely understand the questions and concerns of parents bringing kiddos to the dentist! They offer family appointment blocks to allow everyone in your family to visit the dentist in one convenient trip. They are also open on alternating Saturdays for patients unable to make it in for a visit during the week. Their waiting room has a mini-fridge packed with healthy drinks, as well as toys, books, and sugar-free lollipops and prizes. There are also TVs and iPads available to watch during procedures.
650 1110 Panatella Blvd NW, Calgary
Panatella Dental is a highly reviewed family dentist that offers extended hours in the evenings and is also open on Saturdays! Their waiting room is perfect for kids – it’s equipped with a 15-foot grain elevator replica equipped with touchscreen gaming systems and cable TV. Their treatment rooms have TVs you can watch during your cleaning, as well as massage chairs to keep you comfortable during your visit. Dr. Adams has been described as incredibly understanding in addition to having an impeccable ability to put even his most nervous patients at ease. The first visit for kids under 3 (called a “Happy Visit”) is complimentary and includes short dental exam where kiddos get a chance to meet the dentist and hygienists in a non- threatening way.
40 Country Hills Landing NW, Unit 210, Calgary
Metro Dental is a general family dental office that really understands the needs of kids and parents. One of the incredible services offered by this dental clinic is free childcare during visits! If that wasn’t amazing enough, they also have a “Pampered Parent Day” every Friday, where kids get to enjoy face painting, games, snacks and a dental cleaning while parents receive their own cleaning or whitening service, followed by a professional massage by a certified therapist. As an added benefit, Metro Dental is open 7 days a week, with evening hours Monday to Thursday. On top of all that, the staff are professional and understanding with patients of all ages. Is this a dental office or a spa?! Either way, sign me up!
The Smile Team Pediatric Dentistry
Suite 235 600 Crowfoot Crescent NW
The Smile Team knows just what to do to make even the most anxious visitor to the dentist feel calm and comfortable by the end of their visit. Many parents have raved about the compassion that the dentists and hygienists show to their patients and love the relaxed, happy, and fun atmosphere that they’ve created, both in their waiting room and the dentist’s chair. To promote healthy teeth at Halloween time, the Smile Team offers a candy-trade program where kids can bring in their candy and trade it for a toy. They are excited to help families learn about preventive dental care, but also work with kids and parents to plan treatment catering to the needs of each patient.
Outside of Calgary
Chestermere Station Dentistry
Unit 101 #175 Chestermere Station Way, Chestermere
Just walk through the front door, and you’ll know that there is something special about Chestermere Station Dentistry. The office has been designed to look like a 1900s train station and has an incredible reputation with parents, not just in Chestermere, but in the surrounding area as well. Many Calgarian parents have said that they make the drive out to Chestermere Station because of the incredible atmosphere and compassion that this office provides for both kids and their caregivers. Not only are the staff at Chestermere Dental Station trained in caring for children, but they also specialize in working with individuals with a wide range of special needs.
Is there an incredible dental office that should have made our list? We’d love to hear about who they are and why you love them in the comments!